My 30 (or more!) days challenges

Breakfast – Day 48


I quite like porridges, especially topped with nice stuff of all kinds, but the problem I have with them is that they don’t keep me full for long. In fact, I get extremely hungry in just about 1.5-2 hours after having them.

Today I decided to make oatbran porridge, as oatbran is said to be very filling, compared to rolled oats or oatmeal. So I just cook 1/4 cup oatbran in a cup of water, adding some cinnamon and vanilla extract and then top the porridge with fresh raspberries, a knob of butter and a drizzle of honey.

My drink this morning is green tea latte, to make which I mix 1.5 teaspoons of matcha powder with 3 tablespoons of boiling hot water until smooth, add some hot milk and top with frothed milk and a sprinkle of matcha powder. I am taking my latte unsweetened.

UPD: I had my breakfast at about 7:15 this morning, it is now almost 10am, and I am already feeling quite hungry, even though not completely starving yet, like I would after having regular oats.


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Breakfast – Day 42


More overnight oats today! I found this recipe called Nutella Overnight Oats and was really excited to try. Only I made some  modifications to it, the first of which was that I used another hazelnut-chocolate spread instead of Nutella. I got this one from my trip to Italy, from the Venchi chocolate shop – and it is way better than Nutella: it has more hazelnuts, less sugar and olive oil instead of palm oil, even though it is not significantly lower in calories (they had a ligher version, but it had sweetener instead of sugar, and for some reason I am very cautious about sweeteners)!

So the night before I mixed half cup oats, half cup milk, a tablespoon of oatbran, a tablespoon of chia seeds, a tablespoon of hazelnut butter and two tablespoons of the Venchi spread. This morning I added some roasted hazelnuts and also some chopped strawberries, as I prefer having my oats with fruits or berries. It turns out amazing: the taste is so rich, creamy and nutty, more like an indulging dessert than a breakfast. Continuing to experiment with my lovely coffee machine, I am having an Americano coffee with the oats.


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Breakfast – Day 41


I haven’t had overnight oats for a long while now, and I’ve missed it a bit, so today’s breakfast is Black Forest overnight oats. Very simple to make, as usual – yesterday evening I mixed half cup porridge oats with half cup almond milk, a tablespoon of cocoa powder, a tablespoon of oatbran, a tablespoon of chia seeds and a tablespoon of honey and left the mixture in the fridge.

This morning I only had to stir in a cup of chopped black sweet cherries and add some chunks of Lindt Excellence Dark Cherry Intense chocolate. The oats are accompanied with a cup of cappuccino – I just bought a coffee machine and am extremely happy about this!


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Smoothie -Day 18 – Summer Fruits


Today I had to force myself out of the fruit department in the grocery store – after buying more that I could possibly carry away. The result of today’s grocery shopping is this lovely smoothie:

  • Half cup almond milk
  • A handful of yellow (rainier) sweet cherries (pitted)
  • A handful of red sweet cherries (pitted)
  • A handful of strawberries
  • A handful of gooseberries
  • Half large mango
  • One teaspoon oatbran


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